Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Secrets of the Vine for Women by Darlene Marie Wilkinson

Breaking Through to Abundance

Darlene Marie Wilkinson, author of the New York Times bestseller The Prayer of Jabez for Women, explores Jesus' last teachings in John 15 and their special relevance for women.

This thought-provoking book is a valuable feminine approach to the message of her husband's national bestseller Secrets of the Vine. Each woman who understands these secrets to intimately abiding in Jesus will become stronger, more joyful, and more effective than ever-confident that God is actively intervening in her life for her greatest good and His highest glory.

In accordance with her husband’s book, she demonstrates how Jesus is the “vine” of life, discusses four levels of “fruit bearing” (doing the good work of God) and reveals three life-changing truths that will lead readers to new joy and effectiveness in His kingdom.

My Review:
This little book of only six chapters would make a good personal devotional. Because of the extensive Study Guide for each chapter, it could also serve as a source for a group Bible study.

A frame story, set in Tuscany, about a vinedresser instructing his daughter in the art of growing a bumper crop of grapes is the metaphor for this study of John 15. The reader quickly sees that she is the daughter, and God is represented by the father, the vinedresser.

Thank you to Cindy Brovsky at Random House for my copy.

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